Once Upon A Time

Posted: February 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

We all love a good story. Especially ones filled with drama and action. We love to be sucked in. We are emotional creatures and when we are connected to the story we feel for the characters. When danger pops up for our hero, our heartbeat races a little faster. When our characters face loss we cry for them. But what separates a really good story from the mediocre?


Conflict has long been recognized as the engine of the story. Without conflict, we quickly lose interest and become bored. Bored movie goers do not equal box office millions and 3 sequels. So what is the secret formula for success in every blockbuster movie or New York Times bestselling novel?

Zero to Hero

Catalyst for growth of some kind propels our average Joe into the hero of the story. It works in all genres. We watch and cheer for our hero as he grows and develops when overcoming challenges that he faces head on.

When he comes out the other side, he has changed. He will never again be the same. He is stronger, wiser, more confident for having overcome the very thing that tried to break him. Through this epic journey he learns something about himself that he never dreamed of. He accomplishes things he never thought possible.

Epic Trilogies

It’s the thing of Legends. Hollywood is great at churning out mega hits time and again with this proven formula. Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Star Wars, the list goes on and on. What do each of these money makers have in common? What keeps us on the edge of our seats and makes us gladly part with upwards of $15.00 per ticket and 800.00 for a large popcorn?

Advancement Through Adversity

Webster defines adversity as the following:

Difficulties, misfortune, hardship, distress, disaster, suffering, affliction, sorrow, misery, tribulation, woe, pain, trauma…

Raymond Chandler, the best selling author once said, “Trouble is my business.” He put his characters in dire situations and we hung on to every word and cheered our hero on. We invested our emotions into the life of these fictional characters.

The goal of any writer is to keep readers turning pages. Hollywood wants you to keep packing out darkened movie theaters. Whether it’s novels or movies, conflict makes that happen.

Viewer Not Victim

We get it. We love to read novels or watch movies about people just like us who are challenged with insurmountable odds and yet somehow overcome and become greater than they ever dreamed possible. We sit united, in a dark movie theater, with hundreds of strangers, cheering for the underdog. We simply cannot get enough…

Until we are faced with trials. We forget about the growth we could accomplish. The triumphs, the transformation from mediocre to greatness.

We want to crawl under a rock and throw ourselves a pity party. We throw in the towel, blame God and walk away from Him. We convince ourselves life was better before we put our trust in Jesus.

We Question Everything

Why is this happening to me? I go to church. I pray. I read my Bible. Why is God doing this to me?

These are the wrong questions. We need to ask, what does God want me to learn from this? How is God developing my character through this trial? How is God strengthening my faith through this ordeal? How will God use this situation for His Glory?

God is in control, even when we think He is asleep at the wheel.

In The Storm

Let’s take a minute to look at a story from scripture as an example of how God used a potentially bad situation to strengthen his followers faith and glorify God.

Mark 4:35-41

That day when evening came, he (Jesus), said to the disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples, (I’m sure, frantic), woke him and said, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the waves, “Quiet! Be still.” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to the disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have so little faith?”  They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this?  Even the wind and the waves obey him!?

Don’t Lose Faith

The disciples had witnessed Jesus perform many miracles, but in a moment of trouble, they forgot the power of Jesus.

When we face storms in our lives, sometimes it might seem like Jesus is sleeping and we are drowning in our troubles. Like the disciples, we may have seen the power of Christ in our lives and witnessed his deliverance in the past but when faced with a terrible situation we forget those times. In fear we doubt Jesus ‘ ability to see us through.

If it was not for the storm, the disciples would not have witnessed the power of Jesus when he calmed the  storm. Their faith grew that day.

The next time you face your own storm, before you are filled with fear and doubt, go to the Lord and ask him to calm your storm and to show you what he wants you to learn from it.

Remember when you are in the storm

Jesus is in the boat with you.



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  2. Hi, just wanted to say, I liked this article. It was practical.
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